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LeRoy Butler loses church gig for tweeting 'Congrats to Jason Collins'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

When Jason Collins came out of the closet on Tuesday, many current and/or former professional athletes tweeted congratulations to him. Former All-Pro Packers safety LeRoy Butler was one of those athletes.

And it's cost him a job, apparently. Butler, we learned through several tweets from his account, was scheduled to speak at a church in Wisconsin. And they fired him because he congratulated Collins for revealing publicly that he was gay.

Collins coming out of the closet has resulted in kind statements about the athlete's bravery. It has also resulted in some more controversial statements from athletes and those in the media; some of these statements aren't exactly supportive of Collins.

This is just crazy, though: Butler literally just said "Congrats Jason Collins" and lost a gig worth over $8,500 as a result.

And the only way that he could get the gig back was to delete the tweet, publicly apologize and then "ask god forgiveness" -- that's a pretty specific and ridiculous set of demands.

Good on Butler for not caving and for handling this in the way that he did.

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